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AEROWORKS - Collaborative Aerial Robotic Workers

Project Number: 644128
Project Manager: Matteo Fumagalli
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Tel.: +31-53-4892788
Email: m.fumagalli@utwente.nl

Project website: AEROWORKS


With aging infrastructure in developing-and-developed countries, and with the gradual expansion of distributed installations, the costs of inspection and repair tasks have been growing vastly and incessantly. To address this reality, a major paradigm shift is required, in order to procure the highly automated, efficient, and reliable solutions that will not only reduce costs, but will also minimize risks to personnel and asset safety. AEROWORKS envisions a novel aerial robotic team that possesses the capability to autonomously conduct infrastructure inspection and maintenance tasks, while additionally providing intuitive and user-friendly interfaces to human-operators. The AEROWORKS robotic team will consist of multiple heterogeneous “collaborative Aerial Robotic Workers”, a new class of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles equipped with dexterous manipulators, novel physical interaction and co-manipulation control strategies, perception systems, and planning intelligence. This new generation of worker-robots will be capable of autonomously executing infrastructure inspection and maintenance works. The AEROWORKS multi-robot team will operate in a decentralized fashion, and will be characterized by unprecedented levels of reconfigurability, mission dependability, mapping fidelity, and manipulation dexterity, integrated in robust and reliable systems that are rapidly deployable and readytouse as an integral part of infrastructure service operations. As the project aims for direct exploitation in the infrastructure services market, its results will be demonstrated and evaluated in realistic and real infrastructure environments, with a clear focus on increased Technology Readiness Levels. The accomplishment of the envisaged scenarios will boost the European infrastructure sector, contribute to the goal of retaining Europe’s competitiveness, and particularly impact our service and industrial robotics sector, drastically changing the landscape of how robots are utilized. 

Project duration: 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2017
Project budget: 5.2 M-€ / 3.7 M-€ funding
Number of person/months: 70 person months
Project Coordinator: Lulea University of Technology

  • Lulea University of Technology, Sweden 
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland 
  • Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan, Sweden 
  • University of Twente, The Netherlands 
  • University of Edinburgh, UK 
  • University of Patras, Greece  
  • Ascending Technologies Gmbh, Germany 
  • Skybotix AG, Switzerland
  • Alstom Inspection Robotics AG, France 
  • Skelleftea Kraft AB, Sweden 

Project budget CTIT: 597.2 k-€ funding
Number of person/years CTIT: 85 person months
Involved groups: Robotics and Mechatronics
CTIT Research Centre:
Centre for Service and Interaction Robotics (COSIR)